ZAGREB, 24 Sept 2021 – Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy Minister Josip Aladrović on Friday confirmed the possibility of a third call for the payment of the COVID-19 allowance for pensioners who meet the requirements and have not received the allowance so far.
Aladrović said the government was considering this move while speaking to reporters after a conference organised by the Pensioners’ Convention of Croatia (MUH).
According to MUH data, 140,000 pensioners have not received the COVID-19 allowance even though they are entitled to it.
Profession should decide about institute of “parental alienation”
In a comment on a case involving the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Centre, whose head Gordana Buljan Flander resigned on Thursday, Aladrović said that the City of Zagreb was the founder of the Centre and that its representatives made decisions on the Centre’s Steering Board and, indirectly, on its head.
He would not comment on Buljan Flander’s resignation, saying only that the interest of children comes first in the social welfare system.
Buljan Flander resigned following negative reactions to her demand for a court injunction to stop the H-alter website writing about her and the Centre.
The injunction by Zagreb Municipal Court judge Andrija Krivak came after the nonprofit website in the past few weeks ran a series of articles by reporter Jelena Jindra problematising the work of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Centre and its head.
Reporters inquired about the legal regulation of the institute of parental alienation, which has caused strong reactions in a part of the public which claims that children are being taken away from their mothers and given to abusive fathers to care for.
Aladrović said that this was not a matter of laws and regulations but of methodology.
A possible solution is for psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists to have a broad debate about the matter to determine if the institute is good, he said.
Whether a method is good should be determined by the profession, the minister added.
The social welfare system is very complex so occasional manipulation or insufficiently conscientious work cannot be ruled out, but the Ministry is trying to reduce such phenomena to the minimum, which is why it has stepped up controls, he said.
COVID-19 certificates will be introduced for employees in the social welfare system as of 1 October, and the minister said he did not see any rational reason for unvaccinated employees to refuse to get tested, with the cost being covered by the state.
“If there are employees who do not want to get vaccinated and refuse to get tested, employers will act in line with the Labour Act,” he said, adding that such cases would not be tolerated, for the sake of responsibility towards other citizens.